St George Hospital Childrens Ward
Kids at Play garden project
A new project by Hurstville Rotary
To make this magic happen, Hurstville Rotary plan to raise the necessary funds through grants, fundraising events, corporate sponsorships and donations.
In great appreciation we welcome our latest proud sponsor.
Our Newest Fund Raising Event
Autumn Showcase – be inspired!! Check out the photos!
Kalinka Russian Ladies Choir and Dance Group. Kalinka consists of women of different ages, with different backgrounds and from different parts of Russia, Ukraine and other Slavic countries. They are endeavouring to promote Slavic culture to the wider community, retain cultural traditions for their children and develop multicultural harmony.
Sing Australia St George Choir
This group sing as per their bookings - a group of volunteers - all local - who come together as one voice just to sing and spread good cheer.
Pulse Studio - The newest and most innovative dance studio in Sydney's St George area, Pulse Studios offers dance classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz funk hip hop, breaking, contemporary, tap, adult dance classes and more at its Peakhurst studios. Lead by a European ballet soloist and an international choreographer, their dance teachers are internationally handpicked to provide the very best tuition in the belief that enjoyment is fundamental to the improvement.
Kogarah concert Band and St. George Concert Band are joining forces for our program tonight and here is some background. Kogarah Concert Band started in 1888 and is the oldest continuous community band in Australia. In addition to the full concert band, they have saxophone, clarinet and flute ensembles and play a variety of music including classical, big band/swing era, rock, jazz, shows and movies St. George Concert Band ’s history goes back to 1932 and Mortdale Public School. This then became the nucleus of Mortdale Citizens Brass Band. Hurstville Citizens Brass Band commenced in 1936. The two bands merged in 1948 to be the Hurstville Municipal Brass band.
All proceeds will go toward our very bold project… the creation of a new play area at the Children’s Ward of the St George Hospital….
"Kids at Play"
Hurstville Rotary is both very proud and excited to undertake an ambitious project of bringing fun and laughter to children in our local hospital, who sometimes are there for long periods of time.
When Hurstville Rotary was told by the Children’s Ward nursing staff, that they had 3 areas which badly needed an update, including one that could be turned into a garden.
The first thing our project co-ordinator, Rotarian Jan Gartrell did, was to turn to Fairy Sparkle who has made around 14 hospital gardens, for her advice and expertise to build a ‘Happy Garden’
Fairy Sparkle’s immediate reply was to say “that she would love to be involved if we did one”.
“Kids at Play” project was then born, with the mission, to refurbish the existing indoor and outdoor play areas, parent’s retreat and garden, which is to be increased so it can also be used by patients and visitors from other wards.
The “Happy Garden” project aims to create a sanctuary where patients and their families can go to relax and especially for children to play in a world of fantasy, free for a short period from being in a bed.
‘‘Patients in every hospital need a garden sanctuary,’’ says Fairy Sparkle.
‘‘Our gardens are a place of sanctuary allowing nature to nurture us in times of illness, sometimes loss and grief, when we need it most.’’
Where we are up to
At present our project is in the advanced planning stage having completed several meetings between our project team and our architects with the St George Hospital staff and engineers to gather an understanding of their requirements and special needs .
Next our architects will put together an exciting plan such as the one above that was used for a very successful similar garden built recently by Fairy Sparkle in the Randwick Children's Hospital.
We are planning to progressively build this project in three areas,
a renewed Outdoor Play area, a Parents Retreat and the Fantasy Garden
We estimating that all three areas when built will cost around $400.000 .
Hurstville Rotary have already established a "Kids at Play" project bank account with Westpac and have been raising funds from
BBQ's, our monthly "Community Markets" along with funds from our normal fund raising projects.
So far we have already raised over $78,000 .
If you would to help make this Garden a reality and see the excitement in the sick children's eyes when they play and explore in it,
Then why not contact us now and find out how you can donate to the "Kids at Play" fund or join Hurstville Rotary as a volunteer.